Editor:

Under the tax bill passed by the US House of Representatives, with Rep. Liz Cheney’s enthusiastic support, my 95-year old mother (a veteran of WWII) in a nursing home would get a large tax increase, from zero now to over $4000 per year. This is because the medical tax deduction would be eliminated. The deduction helps millions of seriously ill, elderly and disabled Americans every year through the most difficult times of their lives. In contacting Sens. Barrasso and Enzi and Rep. Cheney, I have found that none of them will disclose their intentions and views on eliminating the medical tax deduction. They just repeat platitudes about how fair the tax overhaul will be and how wonderful for corporations. None of them will discuss the consequences of a ballooning national debt. No doubt that will come later when we are told we must make dramatic cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. The effects of "tax reform" on Wyoming’s ill and elderly are not their concerns of the moment. They are set on "putting more money in people’s pockets" in Sen. Enzi’s words, but whose? At local government levels, it is common for officials to recuse themselves from decisions that will directly profit themselves. Our Wyoming Congressional representatives need to disclose how much they will personally benefit from the tax overhaul and elimination of the estate tax, particularly the multi-millionaires Cheney and Barrasso. They need to stop pretending that the focus of this bill is to help the middle class.

DEBRA PATLA, Moran

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